Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3

Portability
85
Imaging
60
Features
73
Overall
65
Fujifilm X-E2 front
 
Nikon D3 front
Portability
50
Imaging
58
Features
63
Overall
60

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 Key Specs

Fujifilm X-E2
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Fujifilm X Mount
  • 350g - 129 x 75 x 37mm
  • Released March 2014
  • Superseded the Fujifilm X-E1
  • Refreshed by Fujifilm X-E2S
Nikon D3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1300g - 160 x 157 x 88mm
  • Launched April 2008
  • Later Model is Nikon D3S
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Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Fujifilm X-E2 versus Nikon D3, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Pro DSLR by manufacturers FujiFilm and Nikon. There exists a huge gap between the resolutions of the Fujifilm X-E2 (16MP) and D3 (12MP) and the Fujifilm X-E2 (APS-C) and D3 (Full frame) possess totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Fujifilm X-E2 was brought out 5 years after the D3 which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Fujifilm X-E2 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Nikon D3 being a Large SLR camera.

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a short overview of how the Fujifilm X-E2 scores versus the D3 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X-E2 over the Nikon D3

 Fujifilm X-E2 D3 
LaunchedMarch 2014April 2008More modern by 72 months
Screen resolution1040k922kCrisper screen (+118k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon D3 over the Fujifilm X-E2

 D3 Fujifilm X-E2 

Common features in the Fujifilm X-E2 and Nikon D3

 Fujifilm X-E2 D3 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera frequently, you need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Fujifilm X-E2 provides exterior dimensions of 129mm x 75mm x 37mm (5.1" x 3.0" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 350 grams (0.77 lbs) and the Nikon D3 has dimensions of 160mm x 157mm x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5") and a weight of 1300 grams (2.87 lbs).

Look at the Fujifilm X-E2 versus Nikon D3 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at the time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the Fujifilm X-E2 versus the D3.

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the Fujifilm X-E2 and D3 is 85 and 50 respectively.

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading specifications. The picture underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the Fujifilm X-E2 and D3.

To sum up, both the cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The Fujifilm X-E2 featuring a tinier sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field harder and the Fujifilm X-E2 will offer extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The more modern Fujifilm X-E2 is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 Portrait photography features
Nikon D3 Portrait photography features
76
manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
64
you can focus manually
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 Street photography highlights
Nikon D3 Street photography highlights
67
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
55
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
environment proof
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 Sports photography factors
Nikon D3 Sports photography factors
70
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
66
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features tracking focus
environment proof
better than average battery (4,300 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 Travel photography highlights
Nikon D3 Travel photography highlights
72
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
does not contain selfie friendly display
51
better than average battery (4,300 CIPA)
environment proof
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 Landscape photography info
Nikon D3 Landscape photography info
75
manual focus
switch lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
68
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
environment proof
better than average battery (4,300 shots)
2 card slots
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X-E2 Vlogging features
Nikon D3 Vlogging features
35
comes with face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes mic jack
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
9
lack of video recording
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Fujifilm X-E2 vs Nikon D3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X-E2 and Nikon D3
 Fujifilm X-E2Nikon D3
General Information
Brand FujiFilm Nikon
Model Fujifilm X-E2 Nikon D3
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Pro DSLR
Released 2014-03-05 2008-04-18
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Large SLR
Sensor Information
Processor EXR Processor II Expeed
Sensor type CMOS X-TRANS II CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.6mm 36 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 368.2mm² 860.4mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 5:4 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4896 x 3264 4256 x 2832
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Highest boosted ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW photos
Minimum boosted ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 49 51
Cross focus points - 15
Lens
Lens mount Fujifilm X Nikon F
Available lenses 54 309
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,040 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT color LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x 0.7x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 7.0 frames per second 11.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m (@ ISO 200) no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear-curtain Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 350g (0.77 pounds) 1300g (2.87 pounds)
Dimensions 129 x 75 x 37mm (5.1" x 3.0" x 1.5") 160 x 157 x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 81
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.5
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.2
DXO Low light score not tested 2290
Other
Battery life 350 photographs 4300 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model W126 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I or II) x2
Card slots Single 2
Cost at launch $450 $5,450